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Hip Hop Roots
     

Hip Hop Roots

by Tommy Boy Presents
 
An entry-level class on breaks that's more like your favorite recess activity, Tommy Boy's Hip Hop Roots is based on some of the most notorious tracks sampled throughout the history of hip-hop. This demonstrates the keen ears required to hear the potential in unlikely sources -- take Billy Squier's

Overview

An entry-level class on breaks that's more like your favorite recess activity, Tommy Boy's Hip Hop Roots is based on some of the most notorious tracks sampled throughout the history of hip-hop. This demonstrates the keen ears required to hear the potential in unlikely sources -- take Billy Squier's "The Big Beat" (Run-D.M.C.'s "Here We Go," U.T.F.O.'s "Roxanne, Roxanne"), first spotted by Afrika Bambaataa, or the Monkees' "Mary, Mary" (Run-D.M.C.'s track of the same name), initially re-contextualized by Rick Rubin. The straight funk and hard soul that formed the backbone of hip-hop is also well represented through the Jimmy Castor Bunch's "It's Just Begun," James Brown's "Let a Woman Be a Woman (Let a Man Be a Man)," Lyn Collins' "Think (About It)," and Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band's "Express Yourself." Seasoned spotters might be dismayed by the lack of less-known breaks, but that's not the crowd that this compilation has in mind. As a starter kit, the disc's power cannot be denied, even though numerous oft-sampled sources (such as Funkadelic/Parliament, Zapp, and Sly & the Family Stone) go unchecked. (Blame the lack of space and the disc's perfectly defendable focus on what took root in New York.) A couple minor exceptions aside, the compilation is completely enjoyable without considering the theme that ties together its content.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
Label:
Tommy Boy
UPC:
0661868162523
catalogNumber:
1625
Rank:
85687

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Performance Credits

Tommy Boy Presents   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Producer
James Brown   Composer
Art Laboe   Producer
John Lennon   Composer
Billy Squier   Producer
Charles Wright   Composer,Producer
Carlos Alomar   Composer
Donald Byrd   Producer
Martin Hannett   Producer
Harry Maslin   Producer
P. Patterson   Composer
Tom Silverman   Executive Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Mike Nesmith & The First National Band   Producer
Dave Scott   Illustrations
John Schroeder Orchestra   Producer
Kevin Wolahan   Art Direction
James H. Brown   Producer
Eddy Oddford   Producer

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